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HP Envy Move review: Portable desktop

HP Envy Move review: Portable desktop

HP Envy Move

The HP Envy Move breaks the mould of all-in-one PCs (AIOs) as desktop-bound computers. As its name suggests, the Envy Move is a sleek, and portable AIO that has a built-in battery, a carry handle, and a pouch to store the bundled wireless keyboard. And everything comes together effortlessly, thanks to, believe it or not, a really clever pair of feet.

Quick specs

  • 23.8-inch (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) IPS touchscreen
  • Intel Core i5-1335U with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD
  • 83 watt-hour battery (up to 4 hours)
  • USB-A, USB-C, HDMI input

At around 4kg, the HP Envy Move is heavier than most laptops, despite its mostly-plastic build. But which notebook has a 23.8-inch display? And this screen is actually decent, albeit with slightly thicker bezels than most monitors nowadays. You get an IPS touchscreen with a crisp QHD resolution. It's adequately bright for indoor use at around 300 nits. The Envy Move also works as a standalone monitor. It has an HDMI input port that lets you connect it to another device. Simply switch it to monitor mode by pressing a button at the side. You can also control the volume of its built-in stereo speakers, which sound middling, or the brightness of the display via side buttons. Obviously you can't adjust the height, unlike most monitors. There's no headphone jack, either.

HP Envy Move
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What's really cool about the HP Envy Move are the clever feet at the bottom. You see, these thin metal feet are flush with the Envy Move when you're carrying it. But when you place the Envy Move down, they swivel, and open up to support the computer. It works really well. You don't have to fiddle with any mechanism. The ease of use gives me the confidence to bring the AIO anywhere. The carry handle also folds down when not in use, and attaches magnetically to the back. Lastly, the bundled wireless keyboard fits nicely in the pouch at the back of the Envy Move. It has a built-in touchpad, but there's no backlight. It's also flat without any tilt. I find it convenient to log into the PC via face recognition using the 5MP webcam. Video quality is good, and it also has a physical privacy shutter.

HP Envy Move
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Unsurprisingly, battery life is the biggest downside of the Envy Move. At around 3.5 hours (max screen brightness), it's around half that of a typical laptop. It's sufficient for a movie or two. More if you're just browsing the internet. But if you're mostly using the Envy Move at home or in an office, it's not a deal-breaker. Performance is decent enough. My review unit has an Intel Core i5-1335U notebook processor with the usual 16GB of memory, and a 512GB solid-state drive. It scored 4,820 in PCMark 10, which is similar to an affordable notebook like the MSI Modern 14, and more than acceptable for basic computing tasks. But it's not suited for content creation or gaming due to the lack of a dedicated graphics chip. It also has only two USB ports (one Type-A and one Type-C).

The HP Envy Move (S$1,918) does the basics well. It's also easier to move around than I expected, thanks to its clever design. But I think the question here is, why would you need it? Untethering the AIO PC is good, but the Envy Move is still not as handy as a laptop. Battery life is also much shorter. While you aren't using it at a cafe, it could be useful for the home. Perhaps you want a larger screen in the kitchen while cooking, or would like to work at the dining table for a change. Cool it may seem, I feel it's ultimately a niche device. Buy it from HP, or get it on Shopee, and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by HP.

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Cool but niche

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